Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener

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The Reverend Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener, LL.D. (September 29 1813, Bermondsey, Surrey - October 30 1891, Hendon, Middlesex) was an important text critic of the New Testament and a member of the English New Testament Revision Committee which produced the Revised Version of the Bible. He was prebendary of Exeter, and vicar of Hendon.

Graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1835 after studying at Southwark, he became a teacher of classics at a number of schools in southern England, and from 1846 to 1856 was headmaster of a school in Falmouth, Cornwall. He was also for 15 years rector of Gerrans, Cornwall.

Initially making a name for himself editing the Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis, Ambrose edited several editions of the New Testament and collated the Codex Sinaiticus with the Textus Receptus. For his services to textual criticism and the understanding of Biblical manuscripts, he was voted a Civil list pension in 1872. He was an advocate of the Text of majority over more modern manuscripts as a source for Bible translations. Scrivener was the first scholar who distinguish Textus Receptus from text of majority (the Byzantine text). He supported The Byzantine text in its early stage.

In 1874, he became prebendary of Exeter and vicar of Hendon, where he remained for the rest of his life.

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